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File #: 130749    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/17/2013 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/17/2013
Title: Proclaiming that the City of Philadelphia recognizes the benefits of a diet high in fruits and vegetables, and urges residents to participate in "Meatless Mondays" to improve their health and decrease their carbon footprint.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember O'Brien, Councilmember Kenney, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Goode, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Signature13074900.pdf
Title
Proclaiming that the City of Philadelphia recognizes the benefits of a diet high in fruits and vegetables, and urges residents to participate in "Meatless Mondays" to improve their health and decrease their carbon footprint.

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WHEREAS, In 2008, Mayor Michael Nutter pledged to make Philadelphia the Greenest City in America; and

WHEREAS, In 2010, following the creation of the Greenworks program, the United States Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center and the Siemens Corporation presented Philadelphia with the Siemens Sustainable Community Award for a Large Community; and

WHEREAS, According to the United Nations, "Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems," and the livestock sector is responsible for about 18 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide; and

WHEREAS, More than 1.7 billion animals are used in livestock production worldwide; and the production of livestock occupies one-third of the world's arable land; and

WHEREAS, A plant-based diet has been demonstrated to use fewer resources and cause less pollution than a meat-based diet; and

WHEREAS, According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Americans consume 195 pounds of meat a year, which is 60 pounds of meat more than they consumed in the 1950s; and

WHEREAS, More than two-thirds of American adults and nearly one-third of American children and teens are overweight and obese; and

WHEREAS, Of the ten largest cities in the United States, Philadelphia has the highest rates of obesity and diabetes; and

WHEREAS, According to the Philadelphia Department of Health, in 2008, 64% of Philadelphia's adults and 57% of Philadelphia's children between ages 6 and 11 were overweight or obese; and nearly 70% of children in North Philadelphia were overweight or obese; and

WHEREAS, Health disparities exist, and African-Americans and Hispanics are at a higher risk of diseases linked to po...

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